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LKQ expands fleet with propane-fueled vehicles

August 4, 2020 By    
Photo: LKQ Corp.

After adding 19 propane-fueled trucks to its fleet, LKQ was acknowledged at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo: LKQ Corp.

LKQ Corp. added 19 propane-fueled trucks to its delivery vehicle fleet, according to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).

Propane autogas vehicles fit well with LKQ’s business model that focuses on environmental sustainability and stewardship as a North American provider of recycled auto parts for cars and light-duty trucks, PERC says.

“LKQ Raleigh is proud to support our team, employees, customers and our environment,” says Keven Ange, general manager of LKQ Raleigh-Wilmington, North Carolina. “The transition of our fleet of 19 delivery trucks to propane shows that we are continuing to express our commitment to a cleaner environment for future generations. We are also looking forward to growing our propane footprint with additional locations such as Charlotte and Greensboro.”

LKQ was acknowledged at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its decision to purchase propane-fueled vehicles.

“The transportation industry is the second-largest consumer of energy in our nation today,” says Steve Whaley, director of autogas business development at PERC. “And the consumption of many of these fuels produce harmful emissions like particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, which are some of the worst contributors to respiratory illnesses. Today we get to celebrate the great success of a forward-thinking company making Garner [North Carolina] and its surrounding communities much cleaner and healthier.”

In addition to a clean emissions profile, propane autogas helps businesses keep one of their most expensive operating costs – vehicle fuel – lower. In addition, fleets that operate propane autogas vehicles can oftentimes experience 30 to 40 percent lower fuel costs compared to other options, PERC says.

“The NCPGA is proud to support companies like LKQ who fully commit to using a clean, efficient fuel like propane autogas to power their fleets,” says John Jessup, president and CEO of the North Carolina Propane Gas Association. “They are joining the hundreds of other autogas fleets across North Carolina that have made the switch saving money and saving the environment.”

LKQ made its switch with the help of Campbell-Parnell, an alternative fuel conversion systems provider.

“The partnership between LKQ and Campbell-Parnell runs deeper than just providing propane technology,” says Monte McLeod, national alt fuels program director for Campbell-Parnell. “Our comprehensive approach includes vehicle conversion, infrastructure, fuel and service so that program implementation is seamless, repeatable and, ultimately, successful long term.”

About the Author:

Carly McFadden is associate editor at LP Gas Magazine. She is a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and a native of Cleveland, Ohio. McFadden can be reached at cmcfadden@northcoastmedia.net.

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